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TAC and 'Power of SUNY' go hand in hand

TAC continues to work with the Health Department to promote activities and projects hosted by the department on a regular basis.

"We will be working with the department on their "Healthy Schools New York" project, which is working to change school policies to promote healthier lifestyles for the kids," said Duley, adding that the center has been honored to work with the CCHD. "They're real leaders in the Northeast as far as planning long-term for a more physically-active community, with improved nutrition, and access to preventive primary health care."

Developing partnerships between the public and private sector to move the region forward has always been a goal of TAC, said Lowe, which demonstrates another way the center aligns with the Power of SUNY. Proof of that is in the grant that TAC is implementing to help improve wireless broadband network access throughout the region, particularly the Adirondack Park.

"We all want our computers in our pockets, and to be always connected, wherever we are, whenever we want," said Lowe. "And, yet, in the Adirondack region, that's very difficult."

Though restrictions are put in place to protect the natural beauty of the Adirondack Park, the restrictions also hinder technology becoming amply available in places like the High Peaks region.

The center, through the Research Foundation of SUNY, applied for and recently received a DEC Smart Growth grant to fund research to locate existing structures within the Adirondack Park that could be used to mount wireless antennas.

"The whole idea is that if we can create a database for the private companies to use, it will save them a lot of money and it will encourage them to expand their wireless service areas," said Lowe. "Over next six months, we're going to be identifying communities in the Adirondack Park that will work with us to help us find those structures that are already there, have electricity, have access."

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